Yesterday, I wrote about the Dogs and their furniture, but American cats are also pampered.
Jean-Claude the tabby catches some shuteye on his turquoise lounger. Painted by Amar. Whenever I get a photo of a sleeping dog or cat, Amar is the first artist I give them to. Amar loves a sleeping animal and spends a lot of time on the background details.
When first asked to paint a Beware of Cat signboard, the artists asked 'Why beware? Cats are good.'
Danger Dogs from Nepal is a Fair Trade Art project dedicated to promoting signboard art in Nepal. Signboard art is fast disappearing and being replaced by generic, mass-produced signage. Traditionally in Nepal, signs were hand-painted on metal and usually included a painted figure to illustrate the message. Illiteracy is still a big problem in Nepal. Danger Dogs aims to remedy that through giving these artists work and giving their children a chance to go to school.
Please contact me at email@example.com with any questions.
You can commission your own pet by sending a photo, letting me know what you'd like your signboard to say. Each commission will result in 3 portraits of your pet, giving you 3 choices and giving 3 artists in Nepal work. You pay nothing until you choose which of the 3 paintings you like.
Stay tuned. More tomorrow.